New Yorker’s have great egos. Before you rush to judgment, I would like to say that New Yorkers often have a great awareness, consciousness of their identity. That is the good kind of ego. Many New Yorkers also have an inflated feeling of price, especially in the superiority of their self over others. That is the bad kind.
You see examples of this almost anywhere you take the time to look, observe, and reflect. You find great characters on any subway ride. The living, sometimes breathing examples reflect the best and the worst of New York. Walking the streets, especially late at night on the Lower East Side, and you will find incredible egos on display. Fashion statements tell a tale, frequently taking the handmade reputation far beyond anything that facts can support. Cars, music, and a way of walking all speak to the inherent awareness of the fact other people are watching.
I find the ego inherent within us tells a tale far more revealing than anyone cares to admit. Strident, confident beyond measure and the arrogant often believe they are or should be superior to those around them. In contrast, those with a Divine connection often walk in humbleness, aware of the weaknesses and failings within. Their ego is strong, almost quietly so. Often I find myself dealing with two egos, each fighting for superiority.
It is interesting to hear God talk. “Earth is my work, handmade. And the skies—I made them too, horizon to horizon. When I speak, they're on their feet, at attention.” (Isaiah 48.13) Divinity’s words are simply facts. It is one individual’s attempt to get our attention. It would be easy, some say justified, for God to dominate our freedom. The Spirit could force us into action and truth. Yet God is never about coercion, domination, or manipulation. God is always about freedom, inclusiveness, and love.
Today, we can tell stories of truth. We can remain humbled by our weaknesses and failings. Above all, we can remain strong in God. Our ultimate ego is found in relationship with Divinity.
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